This uneven fantasy anthology collects 12 mostly YA-flavored short stories by authors whose common denominator seems to be a fascination with traditional myth and legend. Each story includes sketchy notes about its author’s interests (and online presence). The most moving of the entries carry resonances of rural American folk tales, including Jen Chandler’s Appalachia-inspired “The Mysteries of Death and Life” and Erika Bebee’s “The Wheat Witch,” which evokes the healing mystique of Kansas agriculture. Most of the other works are derivative. A gruesome dragon slaying is the centerpiece of Tyrean Martinson’s “Of Words and Swords.” Renee Cheung’s “Memoirs of a Forgotten Knight” is an unsuccessful attempt to merge technology with magic. Elizabeth Seckman’s “Mind Body Soul” is a sweet little love story. Roland D. Yeomans’s “Sometimes They Come Back” is an ambitious but lackluster Poe-esque excursion into the grotesque; it’s larded with references to humanity’s graven images, some familiar and some perhaps better left forgotten. Few new insights stir the imagination here. (May)
Can a lost hero find redemption?
What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?
Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
|Publisher:||Dancing Lemur Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)|